IT as a Service

IT as a Service (ITaaS) covers private clouds hybrid clouds and the cloud management offerings used to create and manage these clouds. This includes coverage of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, Platform as a Service (PaaS) private and hybrid cloud offerings, and Software as a Service (SaaS). (Read More)

Emerging areas like Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Storage as a Service, and Applications as a Service are also covered. The key issues covered include which enterprise applications and use cases are appropriate for private and hybrid clouds, and how vendors should select the cloud management offerings that are going to be used to manage these various types of cloud services. Covered vendors include VMware (vCloud Automation Center), VirtuStream, CloudBolt Software, Intigua, ElasticBox, ServiceMesh, Cloudsidekick, and Puppet Labs.

Open Sorcerer, XenServer Ambassador—Tim Mackey Speaks from the Citrix Mother Ship

Citrix100x30Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Mackey on the User Experience Podcast, Episode 8.

Tim has been with Citrix for ten years and has been working with XenServer exclusively since 2009. Our conversation revolves around what the XenServer density capabilities are. There has been an ongoing conflict between density stories about Citrix and VMware. The way Citrix defines it centers around how many VMs Citrix “supports” vs. how much VM density can actually be achieved. These are two very separate things in the Citrite dictionary. Tim goes into the actual numbers in our conversation, so if you are interested in hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth, I encourage you to listen to the podcast. Continue reading Open Sorcerer, XenServer Ambassador—Tim Mackey Speaks from the Citrix Mother Ship

Death to Active Directory? Is the Windows Domain Still Relevant in the Modern IT World?

CloudComputingIn a meeting recently, I was quite taken aback to hear a reason given for not moving to 2012 R2 forest functional level—a reason to which I hadn’t previously been privy. The stated reason was, “in a few years, the Windows domain won’t be relevant anymore.” As someone who cut his IT teeth on Windows NT domains and has become intimately familiar with the Novell-inspired beast that we all know as Active Directory, I found the concept of an IT function without a domain backbone quite strange. Is there any mileage in the supposition that Windows domains will be irrelevant in the space of merely a few years?

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Is SDDC a Product or a Mindset?

Bask to Basics - Secure Hybrid CloudMy response to Stephen Foskett’s tweet of a post about the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Symposium led to an interesting conversation about the nature of the SDDC—what it is, what it is not, and why we should care. The software-defined data center is considered by some to be an instrument of vendor lock-in, vaporware, or in many ways just marketing hype. “SDDC” has many different definitions, but I do not believe it reflects any of those commonly used. Instead, I hold that it is a way of thinking, a way of looking at the new world of IT in which we live. This has sparked a quite an interesting Twitter conversation between many interested parties.  Continue reading Is SDDC a Product or a Mindset?

Happy Birthday, Citrix — Now, Get Back to Work

Citrix100x30Citrix is twenty-five this year. It’s done pretty well; not everyone can say that they created a market-defining end user computing platform that is used by every major organization in the world—and a few other places as well.

So Happy Birthday, guys, and please take the rest of the day off. Just make sure you’re in early tomorrow morning.  Continue reading Happy Birthday, Citrix — Now, Get Back to Work

Virtualization Must Be Intuitive and Easy

DataCenterVirtualizationWith so many vendors in the virtualization marketplace, new products are released daily, and only some of them will ultimately prove to be successful. The competition for both mindshare and wallet is fierce, and this is forcing new vendors in particular to simplify new products brought into the marketplace in order to achieve success.

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Active Directory: Microsoft Azure’s Secret Weapon

CloudComputingIn “Public Cloud Computing—Economics and Throats to Choke,” we pointed out that among the big four cloud vendors (Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and VMware), only one vendor offers both a complete on-premises offering and a public cloud offering and, at the same time, has complete technical and economic control of its software stack. That vendor would be Microsoft. In the post, we pointed out that Microsoft was in the unique position of being able to leverage its massive on-premises installed base to feed its cloud business. Continue reading Active Directory: Microsoft Azure’s Secret Weapon